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Arcadia Imperial Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

421 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 25 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
OG 1090; 59 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003)
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-16-2014 14:12:24 | More by Gryphon69
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swtchuck

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-12-2014 23:38:51 | More by swtchuck
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needMIbeerinMD

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-12-2014 23:12:28 | More by needMIbeerinMD
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HungarianCount

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-12-2014 05:37:55 | More by HungarianCount
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stooge

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-07-2014 05:20:09 | More by stooge
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +5%

08-06-2014 06:13:24 | More by zestar
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rouhlas3

Greece

4/5  rDev +5%

07-24-2014 19:14:08 | More by rouhlas3
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bsideone

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-20-2014 19:04:37 | More by bsideone
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amalburg

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

07-19-2014 21:22:34 | More by amalburg
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bigaddy

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

07-12-2014 22:54:51 | More by bigaddy
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%

A-brown black color with a decent tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, licorice, coffee, dark malt, dark fruit

T-dark roasted malt, molasses, licorice, chocolate, little coffee

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent imperial stout, pleasant sipping

07-11-2014 17:44:46 | More by MDDMD
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GClarkage

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-04-2014 15:18:31 | More by GClarkage
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Sean32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

07-03-2014 21:41:34 | More by Sean32
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

07-01-2014 23:31:01 | More by PTEdelman
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moshea

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-30-2014 12:26:40 | More by moshea
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

06-16-2014 19:56:18 | More by iL0VEbeer
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-15-2014 15:53:50 | More by acurtis
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-15-2014 15:11:50 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

06-10-2014 03:07:33 | More by kjkinsey
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-04-2014 02:30:20 | More by wrightst
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TongoRad

New Jersey

2.94/5  rDev -22.8%

I admit that I have a soft spot for beers that are what they say they are, pure and unadorned; I'm an Imperial Stout, dammit!. That being said, ultimately the experience has to speak for itself.

This one presents a lot of what you'd expect- bitter chocolatey mocha, dark fruits, blackstrap molasses-type flavors, licorice, warming alcohol, and plenty of bitterness to keep it all in check. Unfortunately, it comes across as being disjointed and out of whack- and the alcohol and blackstrap (which should be supporting players at best) are leading the pack. It winds up being an OK beer that should be better; but sometimes it's not what you say, it's how you say it.

06-02-2014 00:56:57 | More by TongoRad
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-01-2014 00:39:47 | More by Latarnik
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-21-2014 01:57:12 | More by Hopstout
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sblanton83

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-05-2014 01:19:33 | More by sblanton83
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

$4 single that I've seen at my bottle shop for quite awhile (recognized its scratched cap). The price seemed a bit high, especially considering I'm generally not TOO impressed with Arcadia's offerings, but I went for it anyway. Label says 2010 vintage, but bottled 10/24/11, so since it has quite a lot of age on it (2.5 years), I'm looking forward to it -- I haven't had many beers aged for long because I tend to drink them soon after I buy them. Strange to think that this beer was bottled before I even started drinking beer.

Appearance: Pouring aggressively as possible without splashing it all outside of my glass, I got a two finger, creamy mocha colored head that died down to half a finger pretty quickly. The beer is completely pitch black as well.

Smell: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malts, coffee, a fair amount of dark fruits, and also a bit of alcohol? If there is, it's really just an essence. Really smells outstanding to me, and I figure the aging has something to do with that. Maybe a little less pungent than it would smell if it were fresh though.

Taste/feel: Really quite nice and actually quite a bit different than some other Imperial Stouts I've had. First thing I noticed was a bit of a disappointing feel on this. It felt about medium bodied at first, but then somehow seemed to get a bit watery mid-sip? Very strange. The mouthfeel's a bit of a downer, considering I expected my Imperial Stouts to drink almost like a meal, but I can live with it if the beer tastes good -- and this one does. No doubt the aging added some complexity, and this one has quite a bit of it. Right off, I get dark fruity flavors first and foremost. Rest of the way, it's extremely awesomely tasty dark chocolate, roasty notes with coffee, and a slight char. The aftertaste is almost oaky? I like to liken it to a plain cake doughnut sort of flavor. It's a flavor I tend to get in BBA'd stouts, but I get it faintly in this one. I'm surprised the bottle lists this at 90 IBUs, because it's very slightly bitter... probably even less bitter or equally as bitter as a standard cup of black coffee. The thing I still can't get over is the fantastic, lingering roasty aftertaste that has the slightest bit of oaky/doughnut flavor in it... it gives the sensation that it was maybe partially aged in bourbon barrels, even though it wasn't.

This is a very, very good beer. My one knock on it is the mouthfeel, as I really wish it was a bit more beefed up. I cant argue with the rest of what's here though, this is a damn fine Imperial Stout from Arcadia. I have no idea how it tastes fresh, but it's pretty impressive with 2.5 years on it.

05-04-2014 16:50:43 | More by Alextricity
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Arcadia Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.